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Washington Post, 11 Nov 2015 - New Data Show Progress, but No Room for Complacency. REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL candidates have spent much of their time on the campaign trail lately pledging more treatment and less punishment to deal with epidemic drug abuse, most dramatically in a viral video featuring an emotional New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. This is a welcome development - even if the GOPers, like their Democratic counterparts, exaggerate the degree to which arrests for simple possession of drugs, as opposed to trafficking, have swollen the prison population. The more attention leaders focus on the heartbreaking rise in prescription opioid and heroin addiction, and overdose deaths the better.
Washington Post, 11 Nov 2015 - Despite U.S. Efforts to Cut Off the Drug at the Source, Colombia Is Again the World's Top Coca Producer Tierradentro, Colombia - Illegal coca cultivation is surging in Colombia, erasing one of the showcase achievements of U.S. counternarcotics policy and threatening to send a burst of cheap cocaine through the smuggling pipeline to the United States.
Albuquerque Journal, 11 Nov 2015 - Stun Grenades Used in 2013 Drug Bust A lawsuit filed in federal court this week alleges FBI agents used excessive force in a southern New Mexico drug raid two years ago when they tossed stun grenades into a trailer where three children slept.
Washington Post, 10 Nov 2015 - Critics of Practice Blame Ailing Economy, Profit Motive Recent years have brought public scrutiny on a controversial law enforcement practice known as civil asset forfeiture, which lets police seize and keep cash and property from people who are never convicted of- and in many cases never charged with - wrongdoing. A new report Tuesday from the Institute for Justice, a nonprofit civil liberties law firm, found that there has been a "meteoric, exponential increase" in the use of the practice in the past decade.
Boston Globe, 10 Nov 2015 - Backers of a proposed ballot question to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Massachusetts say they've collected more than 100,000 signatures in support of the initiative. If certified, those would be well above the 64,750 signatures needed to continue the process of putting the question on the 2016 state ballot.
Edmonton Sun, 09 Nov 2015 - When it comes to legalizing marijuana, Colorado has been blazing a trail for other jurisdictions to follow since 2012. But Tom Gordon, director of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) program, tells the Toronto Sun his federal government program has been studying the impact legalizing pot has had on the state and the results so far appear "pretty grim."
Ottawa Sun, 09 Nov 2015 - Ottawa now has its first medical marijuana dispensary. Health Canada still considers these businesses "illegal", but as a pain physician I think it is time for a change in thinking, and policy. Our nation's capital needs to catch up with more progressive cities like Vancouver and Toronto, and realize that medical marijuana offers a much-needed opportunity for relief to its citizens suffering from chronic pain.
The Lawyers Weekly, 13 Nov 2015 - The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld a warrantless home search in a drug case, raising concerns among some legal observers that the practice is on the increase. "If police are relying more heavily on exigent circumstances to justify warrantless searches of people's homes, the time may be right for the Supreme Court to look at this matter," said Toronto criminal appeals lawyer Enzo Rondinelli, an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 10 Nov 2015 - FLANDREAU, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota American Indian tribe that sought to open the nation's first marijuana resort burned its crop after federal officials signaled a potential raid, the tribal president said Monday. Flandreau Santee Sioux President Anthony Reider said the tribe had three weeks of discussions with authorities that culminated with a meeting in Washington that included a Justice Department official and U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Randolph Seiler.
Albuquerque Journal, 10 Nov 2015 - Patients in Rural Areas Have to Pick Up Weed in Parking Lots Medical marijuana patients in Albuquerque and Santa Fe can go to a nearby dispensary to obtain their marijuana. But patients in rural New Mexico - many of them ill - often are forced to meet with delivery drivers in parking lots of businesses such as McDonald's and Walmart to purchase their pot.
Winnipeg Sun, 09 Nov 2015 - When it comes to legalizing marijuana, Colorado has been blazing a trail for other jurisdictions to follow since 2012. But Tom Gordon, director of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) program, tells the Toronto Sun his federal government program has been studying the impact legalizing pot has had on the state and the results so far appear "pretty grim."
Cape Breton Post, 09 Nov 2015 - A lesson in the dangers of drugs appeared to have hit home with many Youth Speaks Up participants Sunday. "I know I'll never do it," said Claire Trainor, a Grade 6 student at Malcolm Munroe Middle School. "It destroys your body and I would never think of doing it."
Winnipeg Sun, 09 Nov 2015 - Smoking out our new PM's promises to legalize marijuana I was shocked - shocked! - that Justin Trudeau did not name a marijuana minister. Maybe there wasn't room in his shrunken cabinet. So the new attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, will carry the torch for the rookie prime minister's sexiest campaign promise: Legal weed.
Ottawa Sun, 08 Nov 2015 - Business Is an 'Open Secret' In Neighbourhood, Councillor Says From the outside, the OMD looks like a pharmacy or some kind of medical office. You wouldn't be able to tell just by looking at the Carling Ave. business that inside are multiple strands of medicinal marijuana.
Lethbridge Herald, 08 Nov 2015 - Ottawa Makes Accord a High Priority Canada's new health minister Jane Philpott says she plans to engage with provincial and territorial counterparts as soon as next week as the Liberals set the wheels in motion to establish a new health accord.
Ottawa Sun, 08 Nov 2015 - Newly-Minted Federal Health Minister Wants to Try to Reach Accord Canada's new health minister Jane Philpott says she plans to engage with provincial and territorial counterparts as soon as next week as the Liberals set the wheels in motion to establish a new health accord.
Los Angeles Times, 09 Nov 2015 - Mexico may soon enter an elite club composed of Holland, Portugal, Uruguay and Colorado, Oregon and Washington state: It's on the verge of excluding marijuana from the destructive war on drugs. But will the United States stand in its way? On Nov. 4, Mexico's Supreme Court voted by a wide margin to declare unconstitutional the country's ban on the production, possession and recreational consumption of marijuana. A group of citizens had banded together in a so-called cannabis club (named SMART, for the initials in Spanish of its full title) and requested permission to grow and exchange marijuana among themselves; the government's health agency (the equivalent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) denied them permission; the group sought a writ of habeas corpus, and went all the way to the Supreme Court, which granted them the writ and ordered the agency to legalize the club and allow it to function.
Chico Enterprise-Record, 09 Nov 2015 - Oroville - Following the recent approval of state rules on the cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana, the Butte County Board of Supervisors will hear a presentation on the laws' impact on the county. On Tuesday, Paul Smith, senior legislative advocate with the Rural County Representatives of California, and Karen Keene, senior legislative representative from the California State Association of Counties, will discuss the new regulatory framework for medical marijuana.
Boston Globe, 09 Nov 2015 - ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Hillary Clinton, who has long declined to endorse legalized medical or recreational marijuana at the federal level, said over the weekend that she favors changing the rules to allow more research into medical marijuana. Clinton said she supports removing marijuana from a list of schedule 1 drugs, a classification that prevents federally sponsored research into its effects. As a schedule 1 drug, marijuana is classified among the most dangerous drugs that the federal Drug Enforcement Agency regulates.
The Sunday Herald, 08 Nov 2015 - Amid a fragrant haze of hypocrisy, the line is that there will be no change, funding cuts aside, in UK drugs strategy. Meanwhile, police forces the length of these islands are improvising policies of their own IT could be a pub quiz question. What do Armenia and Argentina have in common? The Czech Republic and Chile? Paraguay and Poland? The answer isn't football. Each has decided, in some fashion, that if you just say no to drugs, you say nothing useful at all. Depending on the definitions used, there are between 25 and 30 such countries. Their laws, methods, aims and ambitions vary. Some have legalised drugs. Some have "re-legalised". A few never got around to prohibition to begin with. Most have experimented - for personal use, you understand - - with a gateway policy, decriminalisation.